Tuesday, 18 May 2021

The Battle of Swimbourne

 Backstory ...

After vikings had been sighted down the coast, Earl Wilfred mustered the local fyrd and marched off to intercept the threat.  His wife Lady Hilda had been left in charge and he was sure she would be safe with her cousin Beornwulf the Bold and the female hearth guard to protect her.

They reached Swimbourne and could see the viking column heading their way....

 ---oXo---

Earl Wilfred and the fyrd move into position by the stream to the east of Swimbourne blocking the viking's route; they watch the approaching Vikings ...

The Vikings break out from their column of march .....
and start to form up to attack ...
their leader Torsten Sigardsen studies the opposition ...
The Saxon shield wall forms up,  Earl Wilfred and his hearth guard behind in the centre to counter a break though;  the left of the shield wall where the stream bends back is composed of armoured axe-men.
The vikings get into their attack formation ...
Sigardsen give the order, the horn is blown to start the advance...
the beserkers jump across the stream and pile straight into the Saxon centre.....
the bererkers make a dent in the Saxon shield wall...
The viking centre follows up ......
and the Saxon centre buckles but holds ....
The rest of the vikings charge in .....
The Saxon right flank is struggling to hold the vikings back ....
it finally fails and the survivors run away.....
the Saxon centre now falls apart as the vikings push forward .....
Earl Wilfrid, with his son Edwyn and the hearthguard fall back ....
The beserkers attack the hearth guard, one of them is cut down by the Edwyn and the others fall back
The Saxons are in full retreat covered by their hearth guard and a few groups of men left with fight in them....
The Vikings do not pursue, they have pushed the Saxons out of the way of their line of march.  They reform and continue on their way back to their ships ...

A victory for the Vikings ...



Thursday, 11 February 2021

Refurbishing my 'Noggin the Nog' character figures...

 I have refurbished my own conversions of figures to that represent the main characters from the Sagas of Noggin the Nog...

One revision was made to one of the figures, Nogbad the Bad - now I can sculpt more proficiently I remodelled the head .. 

for the rest I have just re-done the bases and touched in some damage.


The ice dragon has had a clean as well as the flying boat ...



I made my character figures up before the lovely sets from the Little Soldier Company became available, see https://thelittlesoldiercompany.co.uk/noggin-the-nog .

Friday, 22 January 2021

Halfdan makes his move ....

 Backstory ...

Vikings have been sighted down the coast, Earl Wilfred has mustered the local fyrd and marched off to intercept the threat. After seeing off her husband Lady Hilda returns to the great hall accompanied by some of her female hearth guard and recently arrived cousin Beornwulf the Bold (and his dog Enar).

Halfdan, the Earl's nephew has long harboured a grudge against Lady Hilda (he was due to inherit but Lady Hilda had a son)... and has decided to kill her while her husband and son were away and take control.

---oXo---

The Action ....

Halfdan meets with 'Tiny' Sven and two of his supporters to check all is ready...

Lady Hilda and her escort approach the gateway to the enclosure around the great hall....

As Lady Hilda and her party pass the gate and approach the hall they find themselves confronted by Halfdan and 'Tiny' Sven....

they realise Halfdan's supporters are moving closer to surround them...
Halfdan gives the signal and they attack, some of his men hang back ...


The attack is partly repulsed,  Lady Hilda has winded Halfdan who falls back to recover...
The hearth guard sentries by the main hall are engaged and can't reach Lady Hilda; meanwhile as Halfdan gets his breath Lady Hilda attacks 'Tiny' Sven, while the rest of the party find themselves under attack from more of Halfdan's men
The second attack is repulsed, the heath guard sentries by the main hall are slowly pushing their way forward....
A couple of Halfdan's men attack again, while Lady Hilda and Beornwulf come to the assistance to two of the hearth guard who are hard pressed. Halfdan holds position looking for the best point of attack ... 
Another attack repulsed, but this time 'Tiny' Sven falls back wounded, 
Halfdan edges round towards the gateway, keeping an eye for an opening as his men now come under attack ....
The fighting continues, Beornwulf has disabled another of Hafdan's men, while 'Tiny' Sven has fallen back after being attacked by one of the hearth guard
Halfdan sees an opening and charges in to join the attack on one of the hearth guard...
as the fighting shifts, Halfdan finds himself face to face with Lady Hilda again ....
but two of her hearth guard are moving to defend her ....
'Tiny' Sven has been killed and Halfdan is now fighting with Lady Hilda and one of the hearth guard, Beornwulf keeps the men by the gate at bay ....
Halfdan is badly wounded and surrounded,  most of his men are disabled or have run away

Halfdan has failed, he is tied up and taken away - he awaits his fate ....

---oXo---

Solo game played out using the latest version of my more generalised Simple Combat rules.   

The scenario was setup so that Halfdan's group had double the numbers but some slightly lower skill levels; on the average they should have been able to have two men attacking each one of Lady Hilda's escort giving them the advantage; to balance that out somewhat Beornwulf was added to the escort.

Halfdan's attempt to kill off Lady Hilda failed mostly due to himself and his supporters sometimes getting poor dice rolls and not passing the engage in combat threshold - this meant his greater numbers could not be used to overwhelm the hearth guard. Once his men were wounded their fighting effectiveness was reduced...resulting in them being disabled or running away.

Result:

The Goodies:

  • 1 of the hearth guard received a wound

The Baddies:

  • Halfdan wounded and captured
  • 5 disabled (or dead) including 'Tiny' Sven
  • 3 received 2 wounds and ran away
  • 2 received 1 wound and ran away
  • 1 captured
  • 1 escaped (not wounded)



Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Sognfjord - A Night Raid ...

A small scale night raid game played using our usual rules set for combat along with the core mechanisms from Osprey' Black Ops rules ......

---oXo---

Background

In Sognfjord, within in walking distance of the enclosure of the great hall of Ragnar Rogersen is a small group of buildings where various items of loot from his overseas raids are kept. A small group of men guard the buildings and their contents. 

Sven Eriksen has heard that the Scroll of Somblocus, which apparently contains information about the route to the location of the treasure of the Whorled Cup, is stored there.  He has sent a some of his best warriors to steal the scroll. 

---oXo---

The Game

Sven's warriors approach the store houses....


They make final preparations for the their raid, they split into two groups one to get into the store houses, the other to wait nearby in case of trouble.

An archer and a warrior get into position to cover the main entrance ...
Meanwhile the store house guard are on patrol ....
The warriors cross the ground carefully from the trees.... the sentry hears a noise and peers into the darkness but sees nothing ....

A noise, perhaps made by the other group of Sven's warriors is heard by the sentries who move along the wicker fence line to investigate....

The lead warrior crosses the wicker fence and takes out one of the sentries, the other turns.....
The rest of the warriors quickly get over the fence, the other sentry is dispatched..... a lucky shot from the archer covering the main gate takes out the sentry there as well...
The warriors move in,  their activities have been heard by a sentry on the far side of the enclosure...
As he comes over to investigate, he blunders into one of the warriors and is quickly dealt with ...
With the sentries out of the way, they start searching the store houses for the scroll ....
A short search in the first hut they try locates the scroll,  they then move carefully across the open ground... they pause for a moment - the door of the second store house opens and a man peers outside - seeing nothing in the dark he then goes back in closing the door
The party of warriors make their way quietly out of the enclosure to safety ....

a successful raid, another step closer to the Whorled Cup ....